National Register Travel Itinerary--Georgia-Florida


35)Spanish Fleet Survivors and Salvors Camp

In late July of 1715, a flotilla of Spanish merchant ships bound for Spain was sunk by a hurricane off the southeast coast of Florida near Sebastian Inlet. The Spanish Fleet Survivors and Salvors Camp is the site where approximately 1500 survivors of the disaster camped. Later, the site was the base for an enormous salvage operation, the only site of its type in North America. The Spanish built a series of storehouses and possible defensive positions to protect the operations for the recovery of gold and silver coinage aboard the sunken vessels. The McLarty Treasure Museum, part of the Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area interprets this exciting period of history, as well as displaying numerous artifacts found on site.

South Florida Map The Camp is located off A1A north of the city of Sebastian. For more information on the museum visit their website.

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